Sails : April May 2010
owners reluctant to replace old boats with new ones. Radical experiments had begun as designers began to apply the principles of aerodynamics to boat building. Arguments developed over the merits and otherwise of a new seven-foot beam conventional 18-footer named SCOT and it was generally dismissed as a passing fad. A Queensland owner named Frederick Hart was one of its few supporters and argued so strongly that his opponents challenged him to build this “miracle boat”. In Brisbane, Hart worked out rough plans and specifcations that he passed on to boat builder H.P. Whereats to fnalise. Skippered by Vic Vaughan, Aberdare won four consecutive Australian Championships and when she retired was able to boast 23 title victories from 31 starts. The success of this new concept was the beginning of the end for the “big boats” but the Sydney Flying Squadron club refused to register these new narrow beam boats for their local sailors. A group of sailors wanting these smaller boats held several meetings to consider the possibility of forming their own club to cater for such boats and in January 1935 this led to the formation of the NSW 18-footers Sailing League, now known as the Australian 18-footers League. This halcyon period was best summed up by the 18- footers league president at the beginning of the 1938-39 season when he said, “There can be no doubt that the modern 18-footer appeals to the sporting instincts of every Australian as is evidenced by the fact that our patrons increase in numbers as each season progresses. Two seasons ago we felt proud of being able to record 150,000 patrons for the season. Last season we were just under the 200,000 mark.” In 1937, James J. Giltinan, the then secretary of the NSW 18-footers Sailing League, planned a World Championship for 18-foot open boats on Sydney Harbour, scheduled to coincide with Sydney’s 150th Anniversary in January 1938. The World Championship named after Giltinan continues to this day and the initial success of the 18-footer design has prospered and evolved over the century through a series of innovations in sailing design and technology that have consistently produced the fastest and most exciting skiffs of their times in the world of competitive sailing. 18FT SKIFFS 046 Giltinan World Championship During the 2010 Giltinan World Championship, raced during February on Sydney Harbour, the in-form crew of Seve Jarvin, Sam Newton and Tom Clout of Gotta Love It 7 emerged as the 2010 Giltinan World 18-footer champions. The Gotta Love It 7 trio dominated the seventh and final race of the championship in a second-sail northeast wind to take out the race by 44 seconds and secure the overall championship by four points. Second over the finish line in race seven was Rag & Famish Hotel (John Harris, Scott Babbage, Peter Harris) which could well be described as the unlucky boat of the regatta. Appliancesonline.com.au (John Winning Jr, David Ewings, Tim Austin) finished a further 53 seconds back in third place on the day, ahead of Yandoo (John Winning, Andrew Hay, David Gibson), Team PSP/Aust- Asia/Benny (Rob Greenhalgh, Dan Johnson, Phil Harmer) and Bassett Plumbing & Drainage (Chris Skinner, Luke Gower, Dave Healy) The overall championship placings were Gotta Love It 7 on 16 points, followed by Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon, Aaron Links, Trent Barnabas) on 20 points, Project Racing (Andy Budgen, James Barker, Matt Mc Govern) 21, Rag & Famish Hotel 23, Yandoo 42 and Smeg (Nick Press, Dan Phillips, Jim Beck) on 44. The day began with three boats in a head-to-head battle for the championship. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, Project Racing and Gotta Love It 7. Project Racing won the start and led the fleet to the windward mark. Team PSP/ Aust-Asia/Benny was in second place with Gotta Love It 7 and Appliancesonline.com.au together about 20 seconds from the lead. Thurlow Fisher Lawyers was back in the pack more than a minute from the leader. Gotta Love It 7 was impressive downwind and challenged strongly for the lead (7 seconds ahead at the bottom mark) but her task was made much easier when one of Project Racing's trapeze wires broke and the crew had to capsize the boat to fix it. This left Gotta Love It 7 with a clear lead over Appliancesonline.com.au and Rag & Famish Hotel, and it was obvious that except for a capsize or rig failure, Gotta Love It 7 was going to take the world title. When her two main opponents could not improve their positions, Gotta Love It 7 was an easy winner of the 2010 Giltinan World Championship.
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